Austin Insider Blog

This blog, written and curated by Visit Austin staff, shares the things that visitors love and locals can't get enough of.

F1 Returns to Austin's Circuit of The Americas

The Formula 1 Aramco United States Grand Prix race returns to Austin, Texas in 2021 and is ready to welcome fans back, October 22-24, 2021, at Circuit of The Americas (COTA). Here's what you need to know before you go. Live Music & Food The world’s premier motorsport series will intertwine with a…

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Austin Studio Tour 2021

The free, self-guided Austin Studio Tour – an annual Big Medium program – invites visitors to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists' tools, techniques and inspirations, and explore galleries. A combination of the popular East Austin Studio Tour and West Austin Studio…

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Austin Film Festival 2021

The annual Austin Film Festival (AFF) returns October 21–28, 2021 with the renowned writers conference and a full week of film premieres. For the past 28 years, the conference has focused on the craft of filmmaking, with a who’s who of Hollywood talent speaking on panels about screenwriting…

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Things to Do for Halloween in Austin 2021

If you're looking for a good ghost story, not only does Austin have some ghoulish ones to tell, the city is also full of festive ways to celebrate Halloween. From scary movies, haunted houses and socially distant parties at your favorite local bars to kid-friendly events like corn mazes and Boo at…

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Texas Book Festival 2021

The annual Texas Book Festival (TBF) takes place October 23–31 (online) and October 30–31 (Austin Central Library & Symphony Square), in a hybrid virtual and in-person format. Free and open to the public, the 26 th annual festival will feature more than 125 authors participating in virtual sessions…

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Texas Craft Brewers Festival

Celebrate Texas independent and small batch brewers this October at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival. There’s no better way to spend a fall afternoon in Austin than enjoying some of the city’s top fermented offerings. The event will be held at Fiesta Gardens, next to Lady Bird Lake, on Saturday…

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Top Local Artists to Watch at ACL Fest

The popular and long-awaited Austin City Limits Festival is back at Zilker Park for its 19th anniversary, with two full weekends of live music (October 1-3 and October 8-10, 2021). With over 130 bands and performances from headliners such as George Strait, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish Rüfüs Du Sol…

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Your Complete Fall Bucket List

Celebrate fall in Austin with tons of socially distant, seasonal activities, including pumpkin patches and corn mazes, spooky tours and amazing outdoor adventures in the scenic Texas Hill Country. We have 23 festive fall things to do in Austin to get you started. For the latest updates about the…

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Texas Longhorn Football: UT Tailgating Guide

Repeat after us: "Hook 'em horns!"—now you're on your way to some memorable Saturdays in Austin this fall. Founded in 1883, The University of Texas campus is located just north of the heart of the city and is home to a diverse population of more than 50,000 students. University of Texas Longhorn…

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Experiencing Hot Summer Nights 2021

The free summer music festival, Hot Summer Nights, is back in Austin's own Red River Cultural District and we are so ready to experience another year of amazing local talent. This year’s Hot Summer Nights will take place from Thursday, August 26 to Sunday, August 29, 2021. Enjoy the free concerts at…

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